William of Orange’s Women: four wives, a daughter and a sister
16 June to 26 August 2018

2018 marks the 450th anniversary of the start of the Eighty Years’ War. Brielle Historical Museum is contributing to the commemoration with an exhibition and a publication (written by guest curator Dr. Erik Swart) entitled: William of Orange’s Women. Four wives, a daughter and a sister. This topic was prompted by the marriage of William and Charlotte which took place on 12 June 1575 in St. Catharine’s Church (Sint-Catharijnekerk) in Brielle. In addition to his wives Anna van Egmond, Anna of Saxony, Charlotte de Bourbon and Louise de Coligny, it also tells the story of William’s daughter Maria and sister Catharina.
The exhibition featured paintings and prints loaned by the following institutions: Koninklijke Verzamelingen (Royal Collections), The Hague, Haags Historisch Museum, The Hague, Stichting Weeshuis Buren/Marechausseemuseum Buren and the Voorne-Putten Regional Archive. Art and fragrance historian Caro Verbeek created a number of scents especially for this exhibition that could be associated with William of Orange and his women.
Discover the influence that the six women had on William of Orange and what their political role was in the context the 16th century.

The booklet to accompany the exhibition is still available for € 3.

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